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25    Administration—Infrastructure Investment Program—Communications Campaign—Order for Production of Documents

Senator McEwen, at the request of Senator Conroy, amended general business notice of motion no. 1026 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That there be laid on the table by the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, no later than 3.30 pm on Tuesday, 15 March 2016, the following documents in respect of the $18 million ‘communications campaign’ funded from within the Infrastructure Investment program, as referred to in the 2015-16 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) released in December 2015:

    (a)   all correspondence, including emails and attachments, between officials of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and any of the following ministers and/or staff in their offices:

                  (i)   the Prime Minister,

                 (ii)   the former Prime Minister (Mr Abbott),

                (iii)   the Minister for Regional Development,

                (iv)   the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport,

                 (v)   the former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development (Mr Truss),

                (vi)   the Treasurer,

               (vii)   the former Treasurer (Mr Hockey),

              (viii)   the Minister for Finance,

                (ix)   the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science and Leader of the House, and

                 (x)   the former Minister for Education and Training and Leader of the House (Mr Pyne);

    (b)   all correspondence, including emails and attachments, addressed to or from the Service Delivery and Coordination Committee;

     (c)   documents showing how the campaign will be funded;

    (d)   all documents held by the General Manager, Communications and Parliamentary, Corporate Services Division in the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development or her direct reports;

     (e)   all correspondence, including emails and attachments, between officials of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and external parties, including but not limited to Mitchell & Partners Australia Pty Ltd and the Wallis Consulting Group, dated 1 January 2015 or after; and

     (f)   any other documents held by officials of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development which refer to the infrastructure ‘communications campaign’ mentioned in the MYEFO.

Statement by leave : The Minister for Vocational Education and Skills (Senator Ryan), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 36

Senators—

Brown

Ketter

McEwen (Teller)

Rice

Bullock

Lambie

McKim

Siewert

Cameron

Lazarus

McLucas

Simms

Carr

Leyonhjelm

Moore

Singh

Dastyari

Lines

Muir

Sterle

Di Natale

Ludlam

O’Neill

Wang

Gallacher

Ludwig

Peris

Waters

Gallagher

Madigan

Polley

Whish-Wilson

Hanson-Young

McAllister

Rhiannon

Xenophon

 

 

NOES, 27

Senators—

Abetz

Edwards

Macdonald

Ruston

Back

Fawcett

McGrath

Ryan

Bernardi

Fierravanti-Wells

McKenzie

Scullion

Bushby (Teller)

Fifield

Nash

Seselja

Canavan

Heffernan

O’Sullivan

Smith

Cash

Johnston

Payne

Williams

Colbeck

Lindgren

Reynolds

 

 

 

Question agreed to.